Josie Adams

Josie Adams is a staff writer at The Spinoff. Email her on josie@thespinoff.co.nz

Science
May 14, 2021

Snakes! Snakes on a beach!

New Zealand beaches have seen three snakes in two weeks. Is this unusual?

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Money
May 12, 2021

A is for altcoin: A beginner's guide to crypto slang

With this crypto vocab guide, you can fake it 'til you make it as a bitcoin billionaire.

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Politics
May 10, 2021

The essential byelection guide to Maungawhau, and what it means for Auckland

A byelection for Albert-Eden's Maungawhau subdivision could decide the fate of one of Auckland's biggest public golf courses.

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Society
May 7, 2021

The web historian preserving our weirdest moments

An Auckland teenager's YouTube videos have been viewed more than 13 million times. What's she talking about?

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Society
Apr 29, 2021

Feeling the burnout: More than 1 in 10 New Zealanders are stressed at work

New research from AUT shows many New Zealanders are overworked.

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Business
Apr 27, 2021

The deep tech labs designing our future

Deep in a Parnell basement dwells breakthroughs in exosuit technology, edible insulin, and ion propulsion.

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Society
Apr 26, 2021

The birds taking on Auckland Council

The 2020-2030 pest management plan wants to phase out parrots. After a long legal battle, three species are getting an exemption.

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Society
Apr 16, 2021

Bubbles nearly as good as the trans-Tasman bubble, ranked

Next week we'll be merging with Australia. Here are some fun bubbles we can talk about when we reunite.

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Television
Apr 14, 2021

We watched the Soviet Lord of the Rings so you don’t have to

Ten years before our Fellowship of the Ring, there was another. Who did it best?

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Society
Apr 7, 2021

I survived the icy hell of contrast therapy

You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in then you’re out, you’re up then you’re down.

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New Zealand Music
Mar 30, 2021

How one song saved Kane Strang’s whole album

After four years mulling it over, Kane Strang is back with new music.

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Money
Mar 29, 2021

Con jab: How to spot a Covid-19 vaccine scam

A flurry of new scams is using fears around Covid-19 to get money out of New Zealanders.

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Society
Mar 26, 2021

Mixed messages on ID requirements for Covid-19 vaccination

Photo ID is currently required for vaccination in Auckland, contrary to advice issued by the Ministry of Health.

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Society
Mar 17, 2021

The sports that built New Zealand

Come one, come all to the Rural Games: the finest sports display in the country.

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Television
Mar 10, 2021

Learning a language and to fear God, with Bill Shatner

A horror film featuring Star Trek's William Shatner is a gateway to a new language – and maybe world peace.

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Society
Mar 6, 2021

People are flipping out over NFTs. What are ‘non-fungible tokens’ and how do they work?

NFTs are here to change art and money. But what the heck does 'fungible' mean?

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Society
Mar 2, 2021

Should South Auckland get the vaccine first?

The vaccine has started rolling out to healthcare workers. The public will be next, and South Auckland could get priority.

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Society
Feb 26, 2021

New Zealand’s top 13 abysses to gaze into, reviewed and ranked

An abyss doesn't have to be a black, endless pit. But it sure helps!

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Science
Feb 17, 2021

Spit take: Saliva testing is something extra, not a nose swab replacement

How are saliva tests different from nasal swabs? We explain.

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Vodafone
Feb 4, 2021

What is SuperWifi?

And will opening your door let more in?

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Money
Feb 4, 2021

The amateur NZ traders riding the GameStop and cryptocurrency waves

Stocks, shares, and crypto were ours for the taking, and some of us aren't giving them back.

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Trees That Count
Feb 1, 2021

Ten questions to find your one tree love

Stop dating and start planting with our guide to the most romantic trees.

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Society
Jan 30, 2021

The great BZP experiment: how New Zealand lost its head to party pills

Once upon a time, you could buy uppers in a dairy.

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Science
Jan 26, 2021

Discrimination by healthcare providers could affect immunisation rates – study

Negative experiences with health workers lead to distrust, which has all kinds of knock-on effects for our kids.

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Groundd
Jan 26, 2021

Fee fi fo fum, the weighted blanket industry has come

Weighted blankets are a hot item. We explain the history behind their explosion.

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Music
Jan 20, 2021

On the tools: Why music producers are the focus of a new funding scheme

The music producers fund is making good music easier to achieve.

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